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The Vermont State Police has completed its criminal investigation into the events that took place prior to the motor vehicle crash which occurred on Water Tower Road in the Town of Berkshire involving Carson Smith (16) of Berkshire. As a result of this investigation, it was discovered Carson Smith along with several other juveniles attended an underage drinking party on Berry Road in the town of Richford. Witness statements and video footage has shown Jon Schurger (22) purchased the alcohol for the party from a retail establishment in Enosburgh and was aided by Dylon Smith (22), who was also present. The party later continued at the River Walk in Montgomery. It should be noted that Carson and Dylon were not related.

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Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE: BHLB), parent of Berkshire Bank with branches in southern Vermont, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per common share to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 17, 2023, payable on August 31, 2023. 

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Vermont Business Magazine The Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program (BEGAP) went live today. This $20 million grant program is intended to help businesses and nonprofits restore, reopen, and bring their employees back to work after suffering physical damages to their property beginning on July 7, 2023, when severe storms swept into Vermont. The application portal is available on the ACCD site.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Army National Guard will build a new Regional Readiness Center in Lyndonville, VT, on land being purchased from the Vermont State University’s Lyndon campus. The Northeast Regional Readiness Center will house Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry (MTN), and add more units in the future.

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VermontBiz On Thursday, August 3 at 2pm, Scott Whittier, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the Vermont office for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), presented the StormReady Certification to Rutland Regional Medical Center. “I’m pleased to present this certificate to Rutland Regional Medical Center,” said Whittier. “This demonstrates that the hospital has met all of the criteria and qualifications required to be recognized as a National Weather Service StormReady Supporter in addition to being a Weather Ready National Ambassador through NOAA.”

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VermontBiz Thanks to successful collaboration between neighbors, community members, and nonprofit organizations Lamoille Housing Partnership (LHP) and Lamoille Community House (LCH,) Lamoille County’s first and only year-round homeless shelter will soon open its doors in Hyde Park following resolution of a zoning permit appeal.

“Working in partnership with our communities, open communication and intentional collaboration are vital to solving Lamoille County’s interconnected affordable housing and homelessness challenges,” said outgoing LHP Executive Director Jim Lovinsky. 

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VermontBiz The Vermont Department of Labor has received a $2,283,000 grant from the U.S Department of Labor to improve equity and access related to the State’s Unemployment Insurance Program. The grant will focus on improving language access for those looking to interact with the Department while also identifying and removing other barriers to the unemployment insurance system.  

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VermontBiz The Attorney General’s Office and the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office today announced the conclusions of their independent reviews of the non-fatal officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on August 13, 2022, in Burlington, Vermont. Both Attorney General Charity Clark and Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George have declined to prosecute Burlington Police Department Sergeant Simon Bombard for charges related to the non-fatal shooting of David Johnson. In reaching their decisions, the Attorney General’s Office and the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed all materials provided by Vermont State Police, who conducted the investigation, as well as a report from a use-of-force expert.

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Vermont Business Magazine Average gasoline prices in Vermont pushed up 11 cents per gallon over the last week and now stand at $3.78/g. Gas is up 18 cents/g over the last month. Prices are down 68 cents/g from a year ago. The national average price of gasoline has risen 10 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.79/g today. The national average is up 29 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 33 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

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Vermont Business Magazine Amid an increase in reports of rabies in racoons, the annual Rabies Vaccine Bait Drop began on August 1, 2023. For nearly 30 years, the bait drop has been part of a nationally coordinated effort between the Vermont Department of Health, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to prevent the spread of rabies – a fatal disease. A special bait drop focused on rabies among wildlife in Chittenden County took place earlier this year.

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Vermont Business Magazine This week, Vermont Public will present the Vermont Community Foundation with more than $875,000 raised in its recent flood relief fundraiser to benefit the VT Flood Response and Recovery Fund 2023. The weeklong effort inspired 4,454 to help affected communities rebuild and recover from the catastrophic flooding caused by heavy rainfall last month.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Economic Development has announced additional details and guidelines for the Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program (BEGAP). The application portal opens today, Thursday, August 3, and businesses and nonprofits can visit the Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program page to learn how the program works and what you will need to have in hand before you begin the online application process.